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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 14, 2010 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

I agree that early 1969 is one of the great "sweet-spots" in the bands history, but as far a tours go, by definition I wouldnt group the Dream Bowl shows or the Fillmore West stand in with the East Coast shows early in February, which certainly can be considered a bonafide tour.

Those East Coast shows do have their own vibe/feel, as the band polishes up the Dark Star suite in preparation for recording Live Dead. I too love both Stanley Theatre sets and agree about the off the hook energy there. They are underrated and worthy of more discussion here.

Both 2/11 and 2/12 are fantastic performances that share the same "bare-wires" intensity! And the two Electric Factory shows are dynamite as well. Although the sound quality of their sources is a bit muddy in my opinion.

I do wish the band would release more material from this time period. Performances from early '69 in particular really benefit from vault remastering...

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 14, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

yes you've got me there...i guess i just have a hard time not grouping that whole month together in my mind as one big fireball of very hot jamming.

i really like the 2/12 show, but i'm not very fond of the 14th or the 15th (other than the wicked alligator jam from that show). the 14th to me seems to lack energy somehow...can't quite put my finger on it. the 15th suffers from too many cuts imo.